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than 300,000 others lost their homes in the storm. president o blamea-- obama will ask congress for $50 billion for hurricane sandy. they announced it today in a statement the money is to help rebuild road, tunnels and assist thousands of people forced from their homes. those are those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: the u.s. supreme court announced today that for the first time in its history it would review the contentious issue of same-sex marriage. for more on the story we turn to margaret warner. >> warner: the justices agreed to hear arguments in two cases: one is california's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, adopted by voters as referendum proposition 8. it was challenged on grounds that gay citizens have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. the justices will also review a provision of the federal "defense of marriage act" or doma that deprives legally married gay couples of federal benefits that are available to heterosexual couples. same-sex marriage is legal or will be soon in nine states and the district of colu
to home now, president obama has asked congress for $60 billion. that's in aide to help with superstorm sandy's cleanup in all states. the request comes in the midst of a tough fiscal cliff fight and house speaker john boehner says they will review the request by the president. new york and new jersey originally asked for a combined $79 billion in aide. the states' governors say they are grateful for any help. >>> the supreme court taking up the controversial issue of gay marriage. the high court agreed to hear two important cases, prop 8 out of california and doma out of new york. a federal court recently overturned prop 8 after the measure passed by voters. the court will decide if doma violates the fifth amendment of equal protection under the law that applies to same-section couples legally married in other states. >>> today is a very happy day for same-section couples in washington state. it is the first day they can marry under the new law, legalizing gay marriage. couples began lining up for licenses early thursday morning. some courthouses opened up at midnight for the ceremonie
networking. she served on president obama technology working group and delivered its group to congress and youth safety on the internet and you can read her plug. how's that for a plug? >> thank you very much. our parents guide is free and can be distributed at schools or parent nights or whatever, so we're happy to make them available to you at connect safety .org so a little bit more of the big picture. this is amazing panel of people who have resources and campaigns that can support and reinforce your fine work. so i am glad you stayedand we learned about bullying and preventions and solutions and just to reinforce getting the accurate picture bullying is a serious problem but it's not an epidemic. it's not on the rise. daift finkelhorn and director of the research center university of new hampshire and reviewed studies and bullying among youth is actually down in recent years. his colleague have actually stopped using the term of "bullying" and refer to peer aggression and i can go into definitions but i won't bore you. a subset of bullying is also not on the rise and based
their minds, those who vote, between 2008 and 2010. they like barack obama and a heavily democratic congress in 2008. repudiate their own decision in 2010. two groups of people, each with with a mandate and deep convictions. this is what i think and will ultimately prove to be the case, the election of 2012 is the tiebreaker. i saw john boehner in a pathetic effort to scramble out of it saying it was a status quo election. let me tell you f republicans won the presidency and gained seats in the senate and the house, they wouldn't be calling it a status quo election. they would be calling it a mandate. i'm particularly amused in kind of a frustrated way when they say, well, obama doesn't have a mandate to raise taxes. george bush cut taxes and started two wars with a minus half a million margin in the polls. barack obama has 3.5 million plus. so if 3 3.5 million plus isn't enough of a mandate to do something about taxes, what the hell was a half million loss? >> we're going to miss you congressman frank, barney frank ending an incredible career in massachusetts. we'll have you back again, if
of letting up today 20 white house and the republicans in congress. >> reporter: in his saturday weekly address, president obama signaled he is open to making cuts on programs like medicare and medicaid if republicans agree to raise tax rates for the rich. >> i'm willing to find ways to bring down the cost of health care without hurting seniors and other americans who depend on it. and i'm willing to make more entitlement spendings cuts on top of the $1 trillion in spending cuts i signed into law last year. >> reporter: his remarks came one day after house speaker john boehner announced the talkes were stalled. >> well, this isn't a progress report because there's no progress to be report. >> reporter: his democratic counter-part ploals blamed boehner for the stalemate. >> what they offered in return was an empty letter lacking in specifics. >> reporter: such is the state of negotiations 23 days before the deadline when federal income tax rates will revert to higher clinton-era leveles, a 2% payroll tax cut will expire, and long-term unemployment benefits will dry up for over two millio
fight. >> president obama, democrats in congress have ever been ambiguous, provide economic security for 90% of american families and 97% of small businesses asking the wealthiest 2% to contribute just a little more to stop this runaway debt. >> what the president is really interested in as we learned just yesterday he is getting as much taxpayer money as he can first by raising taxes on small business that he believes are making too much money and then on everybody else. >> there is movement on these talks and president obama and john boehner spoke on the phone days after republicans offered a hundred billion dollars of tax revenue. republicans say they're waiting on a counteroffer from the white house. back to you. dennis: should republicans hold out and let us go over the fiscal click? john brown of euro pacific capital is with us and former adviser to british prime minister margaret thatcher and he joins us with his take. thanks for being with us. do you think we are going over the cliff? >> cliff of sorts. the fiscal cliff was created by politicians who lack the courage to do th
. profits have only been going up since president bush left office and the congress passed president obama's stimulus package. here's the bad news. business owners aren't using those record profits to pay their workers. profits hit an all-time high, but workers wages have simply bottomed out. in fact, wages have hit an all-time low. let's take a look at this. it seems to be some kind of income fairness in this country. until about 2000. wages have gone from here down to there in 12 years. have you heard the term "off the charts"? here we go. corporate profits, then the recession hit. but back at it. there's a pretty huge separation between corporate profits and wages. one line is going off the charts and the other one is going down. but there's good news. even though wages are lower, consumers are basically driving the economy. consumer confidence reached its highest point since february of 2008. in a new report, it shows the automobile industry continues to roar back. almost every auto maker is reporting big sales gains. dodge is up for the 32nd month in a row. chrysler sales up 14% over
more than the work in the states is done. >> reporter: president obama is expected to ask congress for about $50 billion in storm relief. new york, new jersey and connecticut say they need $83 billion. the deans say they would be grateful for a straight answer. >> what should the federal government do? >> cut through the red tape. and get people in line with what they're doing. with congress in the midst of intense budget talks, communities like this know, they may have to fight for every dollar. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> and for now, seaside heights residents can only visit during daylight. but the mayor hopes they can start moving back by the end of january. >>> howard county police charge an aide with inappropriately touching three girls. the alleged assaults occur between 2009 and 2010 at columbia. clarence mills is facing three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. the girls, now ages 15 and 16, say the assaults occurred while they were overnight students at the school. taylor is now suspended from his job. >>> new informat
for federal assistance to speed up the recovery process. president obama is expected to ask congress for $50 billion in additional emergency funds for the state's heavily affected by the storm. christ eye ie was widely criticized by fellow republicans for praising the president and the federal government's response to sandy one week before election day. governor christie was not the only lawmaker asking for help. a number of lawmakers from the northwest travelled to the district and their focus is to get more help to pay to fix trains and ports that suffered from sandy. >> it was the large transit disaster in the nation's history. four out of 10 of the nation's transit riders, of the nation's transit riders have their commutes disrupted by the storm and many do today. >> what happens in our port district&affects the entire nation. our losses from superstorm send rippled through the entire country. >> and $2.3 billion is approved to support response and recovery efforts, including $1 billion for direct assistance to the thousands of people affected by the storm. >>> time for a look at the wea
. their taxes could sky rocket if congress and president obama don't reach an agreement on a budget by the end of the year. the white house has highlighted several middle class families' struggles in making the case for a deal. >>> in syria tensioned at a boiling point between rebels and the government. syrian rebels have declared damascus international airport a military target, warning civilians and airlines not to approach it. this comes as reports of the government preparing to use chemical weapons on the civilians there. since march of 2011, 40,000 people have been killed in the country's civil war. >>> a u.s. capitol police officer is in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car. this happened around 8:30 last night around massachusetts avenue in northeast washington. we're told the officer was hit during a traffic stop. her condition has not been released. so far no charges have been filed against the driver. >>> a video posted online is sparking an investigation of a metro bus driver. check it out. this video appears to show the driver holding and possibly even reading a newsp
state has received more than $20 million in emergency funds. president obama is expected to ask congress for $50 billion to help rebuild hard-hit states. the massive super storm killed 130 people in eight states and caused billions of dollars in damage. >>> on capitol hill, republicans are sticking to their positions. the tax cuts should be extended for all americans. danielle nottingham reports for wjz. it comes as president obama meets with a family who would be impacted if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: lawmakers are getting an earful about why they need to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. >> you gotta nail this down. uncertainty is killing us. >> reporter: top comiftds -- economists came to capitol hill thursday to talk about the impact of tax increases ask government spending cuts on the middle class. >> a couple thousand dollars means a couple months rent for this family. >> reporter: the white house has made clear, the country could go or the cliff -- over the cliff, if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the to
of working with congress face to face to save the economy. president obama is trying to gets had way by doing what he does best. campaigning and making speeches about the fiscal cliff. the president never presented a plan until this week . the reception on capitol hill was to say the least chilly. senator mcconle laughed at the proposal when presented to him. joining me is allen west. colonel thank you for being here. [ applause ] what wasyour reaction when you finally saw what the president put on the table? >> i was in complete shock. it has nothing to do with reality. if you look at the president's propose to raise taxs and 50 billion more in stimulus spending and want to extend 99 weekings of unemployment benefits which is it a 30 billion a year . the other thing that troubling is that the president wants his own control of raising the debt ceiling . so i don't think we have a president that is serious about getting the debt under control and deficit and government spending under control especially when you understand that we have ha and post office in trouble. we continue to get closer t
of proposal that president obama took to congress two years ago that got zero votes. this is the exact heavy on the revenue side, $1.6 trillion on tax increases, low on spending side and then he adds $200 billion of new spending. on top of that something we've never heard of before, he wants congress to basically give up the authorization to raise the debt limit which is part of their constitutional powers and he wants a bank check. this is very unserious and the speaker is frustrated. >> heather: i would like to break that apart. president calls for $1.6 trillion in tax increases, that is double what was previously suggested. so what part of this plan along with the $600 billion in saving including medicare that suggested in the $200 billion in additional spending, what part of this plan is a balanced or bipartisan approach? >> i bet john boehner things the grand bargain was good deal last year. the chicken question is john boehner having to blink. president was able to get $1.6 trillion because it's coming from the increase on wealthy americans. we don't want 98% of americans tax rates to
abandon obama care just like congress got rid of hilary care, had a stable dollar remember in the mid-'90s the dollar was as good as gold. no massive regulations. we had some deregulation in the 1990s compared to what we have today. and spending on a proportionate basis i would take that trade. >> keith what's your comment on steve forbes. he'll allow those top rates to go up if you all -- if the democratic party endorses the kind of lower spending deregulation sound money platform that is often attributed to bill clinton. do you regard that as a forbes compromise? what's your take on that? >> i regard that as a misreading of history. for several reasons. first it's not class warfare when president obama went to go back to the same tax rates when we created 22 million new jobs. secondly when president clinton actually did pass the tax increase in 1993, every single republican voted against it. they all predicted doom and gloom and not only did we create the 22 million jobs, but in addition unlike what steve forbes said the economy grew. gdp was 3% to 4% over the next two years. it's not tr
, house speaker john boehner did come to the white house last night for president obama's annual holiday party for members of congress, but he did not get in the receiving line to say hello to the president and get a picture taken with him as he has done in previous years and as dozens, if not hundreds, of members of congress did last night. diane? >> okay, jake tapper reporting from the white house tonight. >>> and now we head overseas. take a look at the size of this protest today in cairo, egypt, tahrir square, tens of thousands of protesters reeling from tear gas but determined to send a message to the world about their new duel over democracy, and here's abc's alex marquardt. >> reporter: they came by the tens of thousands hurling stones, pulling down barricades, riot police fired volleys of tear gas and retreated. as the masses grew, president mohammed morsi left the palace. ever since the revolution that captivated the world, egypt has struggled on its road to democracy. two weeks ago, president morsi gave himself unchecked powers -- he says to put egypt on a democratic path. ther
, but there's talk between president obama and tim geithner. congress has adjourned for a long weekend. that's kind of insane. eamon javers joins us. >> reporter: the president began his day this morning before an audience of business leaders and he continued his campaign of persuasion amongst some of the nation's top ceos. >> i am passionately rooting for your success. because if the companies in this room are doing well, then small businesses and medium sized businesses up and down the chain are doing well. if companies in this room are doing well, then folks get jobs, consumers get confidence, and we're going to be able to compete around the world. >> and then larry, later in the afternoon, our steve leishman sat down with treasury secretary tim geithner. geithner in that interview late in the afternoon made it clear that this is brinksmanship of the highest order. >> i want to understand the administration's position when it comes to raising taxes on the wealthy. those making more than $250,000. if republicans do not agree to that, is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cli
. >> fiscal no. president obama and republicans in congress are digging in their heels on the fiscal cliff. who will blink first on this game of political chicken. we'll ask our power panel about that. and allison schwartz me as well. mitt romney licking his wounds over an election loss he thought would never happen. hats next for him and why he's not interested in hoping to remake the republican party. plus a bittersweet victory for the kansas city chiefs as the team and its fans try to come to grips with the senseless tragedy, what drove jovan belcher to kill his girlfriend and then himself. [ female announcer ] a classic meatloaf recipe from stouffer's starts with ground beef, unions, and peppers baked in a ketchup glaze with savory gravy and mashed russet potatoes. what makes stouffer's meatloaf best of all? that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. now is a good time to think about your options. are you looking for a plan that really meets your needs and your budget? as you probably know, medicare only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is
president obama became president congress passed a d.c. voucher program and was sending them to sidwell where the president's daughters go. one of the first things he tried to kill as president was this voucher program. we think if we have kids spend longer days with motivating kids hanging out with vote rating teachers we'll get a better outtom come. those kids aren't the problem. the kids are the unmotivated kids trapped in crapy schools. head start cost us tens of billions of dollars and there is no meaningful outcome from head start. we spend the money about spending money to support the children and they leave just as dumb as they were and the taxpayers are out the money. martha: we'll keep an eye on it and talk to you and see how it's going. bill: breaking news on a possible north korean rocket launch. the rogue regime is ready for blastoff now. despite warnings from all over the world, for that fact. we'll get a live report. martha: have you seen this? amazing video of twins inside the womb and it raises questions. the bigger one seems like he's talking down to that little one in
through congress until president obama did that later on in his term. that's commendable. i'd like to see a lot more of that. the third would be a much more cautious dwrie regulation, the kind of regulation that actually works. more of a cost benefit analysis approach. the fourth is spending control. we jumped from 21% of gdp to 25% of gdp in spending in one year. that means we've been running a 9% deficit each year. we just can't sustain that. even if we increase taxes, if we tax the rich, what we're talking about is adding $900 billion to the debt every year instead of $1 trillion. it's not very long before you're italy under those circumstances pmplgts that's for sure. ed, good to see you. thank you for joining us today. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we'll reach across the other side of the aisle. laura tyson, the former council of economic advisers under president clinton will be up next with her take on today's jobs report. >>> later on, will the housing recovery go to pops if we go over the fiscal cliff? our panelists will join us with their doom and gloom predictions. that's all
protocol have already been made. >>> and number four, president obama is asking congress for $60.4 billion in emergency aid for superstorm sandy recovery. that request falls short of total damage estimates. governors from new york, new jersey and connecticut alone say they will need closer to 82 billion to fix their states. >>> we don't know their names, but a couple from a phoenix suburb has presented the second winning ticket from last month's massive powerball drawing. the couple came forward now because they were concerned about, guess what, the looming fiscal cliff. they will take home 192 million bucks before taxes, and the plan is to use the money to start a foundation and support their favorite charities. >>> more people out of work, and another recession. you want to know what's at the bottom of that fiscal cliff, well, there you have it. many say that what's going to happen if something isn't done soon, but guess what? alice rivlin has a plan. she's a senior fellow at the brookings institution and served as director of the white house office of management and budget, the omb, und
if we got off the fiscal cliff. 53% say republicans in congress, 27% say president obama. 17% say it's both. what do republicans have in this battle? they really don't have much leverage, do they? >> the democrats faced the same thing in 2000, when george w. bush got elected, they realized they were going to have to scale back and do what he wanted hem to do. they're going to ask for entitle been reform. >> and this is going to happen on december 31st at 11:59? >> boehner and obama are meeting today for a reason because they know they have to do the chest beating inside and out. please, obama's begging, boehner's begging, they're going to finish this up. >>> a popular mexican american singer is missing. she just performed at a concert in mexico last night. what happened after she boarded a plane. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to a
week to present the president's plan to congress. >> i was flabbergasted. >> reporter: president obama wants $1.6 trillion in new taxes on the rich. $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs such as medicare and $50 billion in stimulus spending. >> the president and white house have three weeks and this is the best we got? >> reporter: the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell laughed at geithner. geithner said if republicans don't like the president's plan it's up to them to present their own ideas. >> what we can't do is figure out what works for them. they have to come tell us what works for them. >> reporter: secretary geithner made it clear there will be no deal that does not include a tax hike on the wealthiest americans. >> there's not going to be an agreement without rates going up. >> reporter: no formal negotiating sessions are on the schedule here and many believe it will take about a week for the real work towards a solution to get under way. now, so much of the talk right now is about taxes, but another aspect of this fiscal cliff is massive, massive defense cuts. that
that will kick in if congress does not act. if president obama and republicans appear to be playing a game of political chicken. if the president put out a proposal for 1.6 trillion and higher taxes over the next 10 years. he is also proposing 600 billion in spending cuts and 200 billion in new spending to stimulate the economy. house speaker and republican leader john bonner says that the president's plan is in serious. treasury secretary tim geithner is criticizing republicans say that they have no plan. as of right now. we are nowhere on the fiscal cliff. >> 3 you won't take my life. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are stronger. and aids... ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose. ♪ woman and forced her to drive several miles or the assault and beat her. police said that this attack was random. >> in the south bay if
. obama in his first offer to congress proposed some slight, you know, stimulative measures. republicans immediately scoffed at it and dismissed it. skeptical we'll have much in the way of stimulus if and when they strike an agreement here. can we look outside of the government and congress and see any other possible sources of stimulus for this economy in the near ferm? >> steve, i like the humor around the group, and i think it's a slightly schizophrenic time. i think one can be deeply worried about the compression of growth, the collapse of inflation, and the possible revival of 1930s style policies around the world. that's deeply worrying. on the other hand, i think there is some space to be slightly optimistic that we're opening up opportunities for what i call a pivot to inhe flags both here in the united states and around the world. >> this is just around the corner, and it's going to destroy the economy and inflation has not ticked up. it's been low for the past few years. you say maybe a little inflation wouldn't be bad for the economy right here. kind of a counterintuitive argu
over the cliff, it is clear they've made a political calculation. >> reporter: president obama and his team are demanding that congress allow bush era tax cuts to expire. >> there is no responsible way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations those rates have to go up. >> reporter: republicans have drawn a line in the sand on raising tax rates signaling they are open to raising revenue by reforming the tax code and limiting reductions for the wealthy. >> right now i would say we are nowhere. >> reporter: president obama asking for 1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years, boehner is offering half that. the president offering 600 billion dollars in cuts to medicare and other programs. the speaker says that is not enough. he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, january 1st, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 to $2400 for the average family, 2% cut in payroll taxes will disappear, 500 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts in effect, half at the pentagon the other half
of national intelligence today showed congress the video proving the obama add -- administration misled the american public on benghazi. there was a classified video of the attack presented to the house arms services committee. that video showed an attack by heavily armed terrorists who breached the compound in benghazi within just minutes. we have the full report here tonight straight ahead. among the guests, former u.s. ambassador to the united nation, john bolten, judith mill eric and ed qlien. we begin with the closed door briefs on benghazi that lawmakers say raises more questions than ever that the obama administration insisted the attack was the response of a demonstration prompted by rage over an anti-islam video. fox news correspondent with the latest on what lawmakers saw and heard today from the country's top intelligence officials. >> the closed classified briefing brought together seen your state department, intelligence, and counterterrorism officials for a report on the three-month old investigation into the benghazi terrorist attacks. >> to the degree there was planning
up wards of five must not $90 billion. pressure from both republican congress is mounting on president obama to hasten the withdrawal of the 68,000 american troops who remain in the country, ahead of 2014 when the u.s. led coalition forces of set to leave afghanistan. barbara lee delivered the sole vote against the afghanistan war in 2001 and is now spearheading bipartisan efforts to bring the troops home faster. >> congresswoman, thank you for joining us. you have and many colleagues put out a statement about the need for us to pull our troops home from afghanistan quickly. that explain why and what you think we've accomplished or not in that endeavor. >> absolutely. with when we look a what our brave young men and women have accomplished, they have done their job well. we have written with the president and want to work with the president to make sure the 2014 deadline is quicker. we want to see our young men and women come home on that an accelerated, expedited plan add safely and orderly as possible. we have signatures urging the president now to consider an expedited
. next up, sarah on the republican line. caller: i think president obama is blackmailing the congress. he thinks since he won the election, he should get his own way. he wins and the taxes on everybody. a one term president was not suggested until president obama said "elections have consequences, and i won the." it was after that that the statement was made. they have roadbed dead horse for miles and miles and miles and it is getting bad. what that meant was it was his way or no way. that is why people said they were working towards a one-term president for him. obama is trying to wreck the economy so he can set up his socialist and communist government and agenda and people will be weak enough they will accept it. host: sarah from west virginia. let's of columns in the paper today. here is one from "the washington times." i want to take you to "the washington post." i want to go to janet from massachusetts on the democratic line. caller: good morning. how are you? i just wanted to say i remember when the bush gave us all $250 per adult for our tax cuts. you add those up and it becomes q
on the senate foreign relation committee in the new congress, will president obama make a mistake to -- condoleezza -- susan rice for secretary of state. >> ambassador rice is viewed as a political operative and i don't think he'll nominate her. i really don't. that time has come and gone. as i said, i'll give any nominee a fair hearing and i will in this case but i think the president realizes on both sides of the aisle there are concerns about the fact that she is such a political operative and not viewed, chris as a principal. >> chris: let me quickly and i'll ask you, senator. you don't think she'd pass the senate? >> well, i don't know what will happen. obviously, there are many people like me that always give nominees a fair hearing. i don't think she is going to be nominated for a lot of reasons. >> chris: and senator schumer, briefly? >> yes. the solution here, a lot of republicans don't want to vote for susan rice. if she is nominated by the president, and i think he is very capable, they shouldn't filibuster, they don't have to vote for her but don't require 60 votes to
thus far, they couldn't pass either house of the congress. >> president barack obama says he will not sign a bill without a tax increase on incomes over $250,000. he met with a roomful of ceos in washington today. >> i know that many of you have come down here to try to see is there a way that we can break through the logjam and go ahead and get things done? and i'm here to tell you that nobody wants to get this done more than me. >> and yet house speaker john boehner says the president has not responded to republicans' latest proposal. >> that offer included significant spending cuts and reforms and it include additional revenue. frankly, it was the balanced approach that the president's has been asking for. >> perhaps the boehner/obama phone call late today has moved things along. >> there's lots of activity looking at opposites. what we don't have right now be on -- options. what we don't have right now obviously is a meeting of the minds. this will require a difficult compromise on all sides to get the job done. >> speaker boehner sent house members home today for the re
being transferred to the u.s. congress has put up as many roadblocks as possible to keep the guantanamo bay prison open. but most other countries won't take these detainees, so congress has frozen our detention policy in the past. president obama, frankly, has not pushed back enough, even though closing guantanamo was a key pledge, of course, from his first presidential campaign. this problem won't go away by itself, and i think the prospect of passing the buck to a third presidential administration is unconscionable. craig? >> what's happened with the president? you mention it there, it was a promise that he made. is it just a lack of political will or have there been other obstacles? >> i think there were two phases on this, number one, really into it when the white house council's office took over the stacks of files on every deta detainee and transferred some, but wave two was getting blocked by congress. the reaction to that, quite frankly, no matter what you think congress did, the reaction was, okay, we'll move on to other things. >> i want to bring in other members of the sunday
in if congress does not act. president obama and republicans seem to be playing a game of political chicken right now. the president's proposal as 1.6 trillion in hired taxers over the next couple of years. he proposes a tax cuts and stimulating spending to stimulate the economy. the two sides may try to come together. waiting for a chance to dry out here. a lot of clouds and traffic. 50 degrees in san francisco and a high in the upper 50s. >> watching flood levels this morning on bay area rivers as many are staying in their banks. we did have some flooding. the napa river reached flood stage yesterday afternoon. mayor to clean up in lafayette with the sinkhole and excavator is on this and not picking up debris. >> we get a dry day today but not for a long >> we should expect them rally later on tomorrow in the evening hours. it will pick up in intensity wednesday morning. tomorrow will be a -- today will be a dry day in the bay area. a cold start to the morning and low '40's for napa fairfield and 50 out the door in san francisco. afternoon highs, we will not warm-up by much. everyone is in the
deepens, thank you. the back and forth continues in washington between congress and the white house over the so-called fiscal cliff. this morning president obama will host some of the nation's governors to spread his message. the president wants to raise 1.6 trillion in revenue by increasing taxes on the top 2% of income earners. republicans counted with a 2.2 trillion dollar deficit reduction plan, 800 billion dollars in revenue, but didn't call for raising tax rates on wealthy. the proposal was quickly ejected with the white house. >>> new -- rejected by the white house. >>> new poll shows -- gallup asked americans to rate honesty and ethical standards car salesmen got lowest marks 8% marked them high or very high. congress is just above them, only 10% scored in the top two categories to be honest. journalists 24%. top of the rankings, nurses, 84% of americans gave them the highest marks and of course meteorologists right behind that >> i was going to say even though it is not darn -- not a 100% science -- [ talking over each other ] >> 100% science that has accuracy, a little less --
. >>> hello and thank you for joining us. i'm jc hayward. >>> president owe obama is heading to west virginia today to meet with a family that will feel the impact if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. groups are holding rallies on capitol hill demanding that congress and the. reach a deal. danielle nottingham has more. >> reporter: lawmakers are getting an earful about why they need to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. >> you've got to nail this down. uncertainty is killing us. >> reporter: top economists came to capitol hill thursday to talk about the impact of tax increases and government spending cuts on the middle class. president obama and house speaker john baner -- john boehner spoke wednesday but publicly are holding firm on their positions. it's made clear the country could go over the cliff if congress fails to come to a agreement. the standoff and the country's skyrocketing debt concerned ryan ryan, so much so that he's the guy in the suit dancing gangnam style with former senator alan simpson. the can kicks back is working to get young people back to fixing
.t.o., president obama and his team argued that congress should quickly pass a clean bill. given the myriad problems we have with russia, it is -- it has always been very hard for me to understand this position. president obama and his team appeared almost manic in their attempts to avoid offending president putin and his government or doing anything at all to upset their failed reset policy. fortunately, just as congress did in 1974 when they created jackson-vanik, we insisted on more. working side by side with our senate and house colleagues in both parties, we drafted a bill which serves our economy and replaces the application of the jackson-vanik amendment with policies more appropriate for the realities in russia today. we should all be justly proud of our bipartisan effort. basically, the bill we will vote on fills many of the gaps in president obama's policy toward russia. for example, rather than ignore continuing human rights abuse and corruption in russia, my friends and colleagues, senators mccain and cardin, joined together with many others to craft a bill to help combat deep-r
today some members of the obama administration met with members of congress to discuss the libyan chaos. this story just drip, drip, drip. but in egypt things are getting very intense. as thousands of protesters demonstrate against the muslim brotherhood trying to seize totalitarian powers in that country as we predicted they would. sadly many measures don't care about what happens over seas but author brad thor who writes contemporary thrillers believes there suspect more to the libyan situation than we know. there thor, the author of the book blacklist joins us now from chicago. what's your headline here, brad? >> well, my headline is next week it's going to be three months since the killing of ambassador stevens and we don't know any more now than we did three months ago. and that is not good for our republic. >> bill: do you see because you research your buicks fairly thoroughly. the key to selling books in your genre is to make them realistic that people who read them go you know, this could really happen. so when you are looking at what happened in benghazi, libya, what are the qu
'm a progressive. you know what? the country is evenly divided. we have to work together. president obama knows that. most of the members of congress know that. there are a small group of people, i think primarily on the right, that don't understand that we're not just going to do this by cutting and cutting and cutting. we're going to have to invest and we're going to have to make sure that we have revenues and so, yes, there are people that are upset about that. i respect that. the problem is that democrats just talk with democrats and republicans with republicans. we need to talk together. we need to reach across the aisle and we need to work together in the nation's best interest. that's what is broken with politics right now. too many people polarized and too many people addicted to their ideologies and not working together in the way that we should. >> it looks like 72% of americans when polled say they want compromise no matter what they voted for and no matter what they said when they were electing their officials. i could go on all day about this. i have a whole menu of things i would
need is the majority. if john baner and president obama reach a deal i predict that it will pass the united states congress both in the house and the senate. >> and as you heard from some republicans who are upset that speaker baner would even be willing to talk about new revenue. forget about tax rates and republicans a lot of them don't want to talk about revenue. what do you make of that? >> what i hear is they want spending cuts first. we have done this a couple times before where we give into the democrats. we have rate increases and increased revenue. we never can get to the spending cuts. i think if you are going to get to the magic number, 218, for most of the house republicans they want to see the spending cuts first. >> what about that, debbie? we hear about the president's demands when it comes to tax rates. we have not heard much from the president and from the white house and from democrats at all about where they would be willing to cut. >> well, i would respectfully disagree with that. you can start with an agriculture bill that passed the senate in a very bipartis
that are facing this country that president obama's going to want done, that congress is going to want done. so there's a lot of room and a lot of space and time, four long years, for negotiations. sometimes the democrats will have more leverage. sometimes the republicans will have more leverage. >> there you go. and everybody left side says, it's not fair when the other person has more leverage or the other team, it's not fair, it's not fair. everybody does it. >> it's not even four years. we're going to have a debt ceiling conversation in a few months. >> right, right. >> you've got to remember, this is like -- this is rapid-fire. as soon as we get past this fiscal cliff, president obama's going to meet with boehner again to talk about debt ceiling. >> any chance john boehner could have trouble with conservatives in the the house? he's signalling a weakness to possibly compromising on tax hikes and he tossed a few tea party types off key committees. could that come back to taunt him, anna? >> you know, i don't think so. i think it will help him. listen, membership has privileges. but leadersh
this occasionally and say it's too bad the congress can't act. neil: all right, if barack obama thought he was going to get a pass from al gore on the global climate change warming, whatever they call it these days, not happening. we are here whether this might make the white house move even more quickly on climate change. melissa, what do you think? >> it's funny there's al gore lobbying cocktails at the president from this podium. he said the atmosphere was an open sewer, a fabulous image. incredible. in the speech, i watched the whole thing, he briefly -- neil: you did? >> yeah. he briefly mentioned the people who, you know, lost everything in their lives, no word about the folks on this show and the other show who are still without everything. i mean, he was just focused on using this, you know, as a political jumping off point for climate change. neil: seeing through the ears -- >> that's cruel. neil: former weight -- that i know, mr. mr. vice president, il leave you alone own that. leaving aside how to make a storm to use it as a point, accurately or not, i wonder if the administration to keep
the two men spoke was almost a week ago. president obama is focused on the stalemate with congress over averting the fiscal cliff, but he's just not talking to house republicans about it. at the white house, he discussed the issue with a bipartisan group of governors. >> i know that the president wants a deal and he didn't try to handicap it. >> reporter: earlier this week, he told so-called middle class americans on twitter, keep pressure on congress. he's even ventured outside the beltway rallying supporters to do just that. >> i'm going to be asking for you to be making your voices heard. >> reporter: why isn't he calling speaker boehner? >> we speak frequently. >> reporter: when will the two of you sit down in a room? >> i don't think the issue right now has to do with sitting in a room. >> reporter: in part, the white house was burned with the negotiations in 2011 when lots of meetings failed to stave off a fiscal nightmare. but there's another strategy at play. some in the administration say they learned in the first term the best way to break washington stalemates, rally the publ
for president obama. it is the 100th judicial confirmation during this congress. that happens to be the same number of confirmations during president bush's first term when the democrats controlled the senate and shared the judiciary committee. i have heard the chairman rightfully take pride in that accomplishment. today we match that record, so i think that the continued complaints we hear about how unfairly this president has been treated are, in fact, unfounded. despite our cooperations, we continue to hear the other side argue that since the president won re-election, we shouldn't follow past practices, but rather we should confirm a large number of nominations during this lame duck session. recently, one of my colleagues on the other side stated -- quote -- "from 1980 until this year when a lame duck session followed a presidential election, every single judicial nominee reported with with the bipartisan judiciary committee support has been confirmed." i suppose this is to mean, meant to imply there is some long record of routine confirmations following presidential elections, but agai
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his affiliation to democrat at a christmas reception at the white house. >>> president barack obama is asking congress for more than $60 billion to help with sandy recovery efforts. the president made the request on friday on behalf of the states hardest hit by the october storm. in a joint statement, new york governor cuomo and chris christie said it would help their state rebuild. >>> yesterday marked the 71st anniversary of the pearl harbor attacks and many paused to remember the fateful day. in hawaii, a moment of silence followed by a fly-over at the exact time the bombing began. that surprise attack killed about 2400 people and it was the start of the u.s. involvement in world war ii. >>> pearl harbor survivors revisited that day. a 2 is gun salute honored the survivors of the attack. the memories are still fresh for the men there. a 91-year-old was on the uss west virginia when the planes attacked. >> i felt six torpedoes hit the port side of my ship. er to a big hole in there and the ship began to lift. >>> well a beacon on the top of the mount was lit throughout the night t
. >> now there's a new twist. president obama wants to authority to borrow more money without being blocked by congress. >> he is assuming unprecedented power. >> the job numbers could tell another story. millions hoping washington can work this out. >> the closer it gets to the brink, more stressed they are going today. >> the president will not budge on raising tax rates for the wealthiest americans. there is no plan b. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> now insta-weather plus and traffic pulse 11 together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. overall, we are doing pretty well. there is an accident on york road at fox tail road. no problems down to the beltway. 95 south from the white marsh area. you can see the brake lights falling into place. 16 miles per hour down towards the 895 split. 38 on the west side outer loop. starting to see that delay fall into place. this is the j.f.x. at ruxton road. traffic is starting to build as you get closer to northern parkway. across the bay bridge, this is sandy point into the toll plaza. a nice start to and from the east
of congress, president obama asked that wasserman shultz to stay on as the chairwoman of the democratic national committee. next, what is happening in the senate. facing gop opposition. a u.n. treaty advocating equal rights for disability facing significant opposition. host: tune in to c-span2 3 coverage of the senate. next caller. but the make of this latest back-and-forth? the gop sending of their proposal to the white house yesterday. this caller: is danny from college park, ga.. host: go ahead. caller: greta, i have never seen a group of people who are so willing to be lied to. republicans like to their people all through the election. the only people who were surprised that the president won are people who watch fox news. just like that, a proposal that john boehner puts out. he's trying to say that it is from the bowles proposal but erskine bowles came out yesterday and said flat out that the proposal the republicans put out does not mimic his. therefore, the republicans are lying again. republicans and the tea party people, they know that they are lying. it is just that simple. t
president obama's proposal on the fiscal cliff to show that neither he nor democrats in congress are acting in good faith in these negotiations. with just a few weeks to go before a potentially devastating and entirely avoidable blow to the economy, the president proposed a plan that members of his own party won't even vote for. so i think it's safe to say at this point that the president actually isn't interested in a balanced agreement, he's not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and he's clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. what the president is really interested in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first, by raising taxes on small business that he believes are making too much money and then on everybody else, not so he can lower the debt or the deficit but so he can spend to his heart's contefnlts for months the president has been saying all he wants is to raise taxes on the top 2% so he can tackle the debt and the deficit. however, yesterday he finally revealed that's not really his true intent. by demanding
if congress does nothing, and president obama is the only person that can sign a bill into law and quite honestly, senator harry reid is the only person in the senate that can pass a bill in the senate as well. it sounds like people like howard dean want everybody's taxes to go up. maybe we should feel fortunate that president obama only wants the top two% to g two percent t. >> greta: do you anticipate republicans will vote for a rate increase if this should come to a vote? >> i don't believe they'll vote for a rate increase. what we'll vote for hopefully is to extend the current tax rates permanently and start working with president obama on true pro growth tax reform, but again, it sounds like treasury secretary geithner is happy to take the economy off the fiscal cliff, and again, if president obama wants to do that, he can do that, it sounds like that's exactly where he wants to go, what is kind of amazing, maybe republicans should take, you know, a victory lap from the fact that we've actually convinced democrats it's a good thing to maintain the bush tax cuts for at least 98% of t
's plan to congress. >> i was flabbergasted. you can't be serious! >> reporter: president obama wants $1.6 trillion on the rich, $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs and billions in more spending. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell laughed at geithner during their meeting last week. now geithner says if republicans don't like the plan, it's up to them to present their own ideas. >> what we can't do is try to figure out what works for them. they have to tell us what works tore them. >> reporter: but secretary geithner made it clear there will be no deal that does not include a tax hike on the wealthiest americans. >> there's not going to be an agreement without rates going up. >> reporter: no formal negotiating sessions are on the schedule here and many believe it will take about a week for the real work toward a solution to get under way. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> nancy pelosi will try to get a vote but won't give get republican support. >>> in "your world this morning," fighting is intensifying in syria between government troops and rebel forces. the rebels are close to
and wants the epa to take control of these admissions in a way that president obama could not get through congress. he submitted his cap and trade proposal when the democrats controlled the house and senate. nancy pelosi got passed in the house. now this group is going to the epa in saying that you just do it, crack down on these admissions yourself. the supreme court has said that you have this power. go for it. the eta said no, for now. reporter: the epa probably wishes that the group had not said so out loud. it is probably not helpful to have outside. the original proposals that the epa talked about earlier in the president's first term related to really tough standards that would essentially make it an economic impossibility to use coal, which still is the preponderance of america's electrical generation power. epa backed off of that. the epa is going to crack down very hard in months to come with the president having been reelected. environmentalists like that because it is a means to a cap-and-trade or means to a carbon cap. without having to go through congress were without having
spent. congress has already spent it. it's just a matter of whether or not you pay the bills. and if all else fails, president obama and tim geithner should start deciding whose that is they want to put on the new $1 trillion coin. i vote for john boehner. a shee, but i don't just put'em in the dryer to freshen up my clothes. i put'em in my shoes, i put'em in my car, i put'em in my vases. girl, i been put'n'em for as long as i can remember. [ male announcer ] how do you get your bounce? [ woman ] sheets, i put'em! >>> unlike american colleges and universities, american states are not ranked annually by any national publication for how hard people there party. so we can evaluate, say, the relative raucousness of michigan state, but not the state of michigan. that's the intoxicating irony of this day, repeal day. that's the day prohibition ended. and the 35th state to ratify and repeal was utah. good looking out. december 5th, repeal day, is a thing. the question is, in the year 2091, will december 6th be a thing? because tomorrow is repeal day too. that story is coming up. [ laughing ] ah
legislation to give the president the authority to raise the debt ceiling. under the plan, congress would need a two-thirds majority to stop him. it's a proposal that president obama likes. so why would mitch mcconnell propose such a bill? to embarrass the democrats. he wanted to prove that the democrats didn't have the votes for the legislation. harry reid called his bluff and objected to putting the bill up for a vote, but after discussing it with his democratic members he got the support he needed and had a change of heart. claire mccaskill was priding when mcconnell objected to voting on the bill. >> is there an objection to the original request? >> objection is heard. i got whiplash. >> very strange. >> dick durbin reacted to mcconnell's move moments later. >> so this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote, filibustered his own proposal. i think we have now reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never seen before. >> let's turn to bernie sanders. i'm laughing at it too, senator. this just goes to show eith
program. i want to thank the members of this committee, the congress, and the obama administration for supporting a help the inner city passenger rail system and for supporting improved service with words and money. we are grateful for the investments from the american recovery and investment act which have provided more than $1.4 billion for illinois high- speed rail. these current investments in illinois high-speed passenger rail systems are already supporting thousands of jobs with much more on the way. we cannot do it without federal help. we need continued federal funding for high-speed rail to finish the job restarted and keep our promises to travelers and taxpayers. we ask that congress appropriate additional funds for state making these investments, including illinois in the midwest. neither illinois or the midwest would be the transportation hub of the nation that it is today and the state's diverse economic base would not exist as we know it. illinois was made the center of national rail development and today, it hosts a 7,300 mile rail network that serves as a keystone i
to focus on climate change. as the obama administration done enough of climate change? >> none of us have done enough. governors are no different than members of congress. we come from different regions of the country. my comment about climate change was more about what some of the governors are doing in the northeast and along the coast that do not necessarily half fossil fuel resources. >> we're having a little bit of a signal problem. we're going to have to fix that and come back to you in a couple of minutes. we apologize. let me go to your point about environmental issues and global warning. it was a huge issue in the campaign, something the president promised to do more in 2013 or 2014. >> we have not seen a lot of action. there are a couple of these issues on the liberal wish list that i feel like the obama administration has not quite in gauge on. whether it is gun-control or immigration reform. there are these issues that the end of lustration has not quite in gauge on. -- that the administration has not quite engaged on. >> it was likely a very strategic decision why some of the
limit talks early next year. yesterday at a business roundtable of ceos, president obama took a hard line warning opponents not to consider the strategy. >> if congress in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation which by the way we have never done in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game. >> senator tom coburn yesterday on "morning joe" became the latest to break ranks saying he could support president obama's tax proposal. he joins a growing group of people urging house leadership to clear the way for a broad deal that would include tax increases on the wealthy. however, according to "the new york times," speaker boehner is enjoying broad support from within his own caucus. and yesterday boehner stuck to his guns favoring closing tax loopholes and capping deductions to raising taxes. >> now the revenues we're putting on the table are going to come from guess who? the rich. there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes and have the same
a week ago. president obama is focused on the stalemate with congress over averting the fiscal cliff but he's just not talking to house republicans about it. at the white house, he discussed the issue with a bipartisan group of governors. >> "i know that the president certainly wants a deal. he didn't try to handicap it." and earlier this week, he told so called middle class americans on twitter keep pressure on congress, he's even ventured outside the beltway rallying supporters to do just that "i'm going to be asking all of you to make your voices heard." >> why isn't he calling speaker boehner over to a white house meeting? "speaker boehner and i speak frequently. and, you know, i (reporter: "so when? when will the two of you sit down in a room?") >> "you know, i don't think that the issue right now has to do with sitting in a room." in part the white house was burned by the debt ceiling negotiations of 2011 when lots of meetings, failed to stave off a fiscal nightmare. but there's another strategy at play. some in the administration say they learned in the first term, the best wa
posturing continued into the night last night. but now as congress prepares to work through the weekend and those backroom negotiations continue at a furious pace. >> despite this bipartisan support for the deal, it's a deal nobody wants to take credit for. >> reporter: president obama today didn't praise the deal, only expressed relief. >> all eyes will be on the stock market tomorrow, after the s&p's announcement friday night of the unprecedented downgrade of america's credit rating. >> stocks plummeted overnight in asia, europe is following suit this morning, as fear dominates wall street. now the focus turns to the fed, and investors are hoping for some good news later today, after suffering the worst day in two years. >> credit rating agency basically said, we no longer have faith in you, the united states government, because we no longer believe your political system is capable of basic competence. the basic competence necessary to pay your bills. that republican-made, self-inflicted crisis and the resolution to it created this current man-made self-inflicted crisis that we're in
limit some deductions. today president obama traveled to falls church. he met with the santana family, a family the president says would be hit hard if congress doesn't extend middle class tax cuts. >> a couple thousand dollars means a couple months' rent for this family. for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms. >> at a senate hearing today one economist backed the republican plan. he testified he can't imagine anyone looking at the president's proposal arguing it wouldn't throw the country into a recession. >> while the impact of going over that fiscal cliff will be far and wide, there's one local jurisdiction that is especially vulnerable. massive spending cuts could lead to huge reductions in federal contractors and that would be a devastating blow to fairfax county. peggy fox explains. >> reporter: northern virginia is the economic engine of the state. what is it that's transformed and built the economy? federal contracting. from 1980
are (applause) >> thanks, all right. instead of working with congress face-to-face to save the economy, president obama is trying to get his way by doing what he does best, campaigning, and making speeches about the fiscal cliff despite knowing that deadline was looming, the president never presented a plan until this week and the reception on capitol hill was, to say the least, chilly. senator mcconnell even laughed at the proposal when it was presented to him. joining me now, florida congressman allen west. colonel, thanks so much for being here. >> thanks, thanks for having me, dana. [applause]. >> what was your reaction when you finally saw what the president was putting on the table? >> well, i was in complete shock because it really has nothing to do with reality. when you look at the president's proposal to raise 1.6 trillion in new taxes, he wants 50 billion more in stimulus spending, he continues to want to extend the 99 weeks of unemployment benefits which will be another 30 billion per year and also, the other thing that was very troubling was that the president wants his ow
. >> bill: he should be. >> president obama welcomed members of congress to the white house for a christmas party last night. interesting to note this is the fourth straight year where they've taken time out for holiday cheer while being on a strict deadline on huge legislation. the fiscal cliff likely wade for awkward conversations around the eggnog last night. >> bill: i'm sure when john boehner had his picture taken with the president. >> oh, yeah. >> bill: how are we doing here john? >> rick santorum has a new job. the former senator and failed presidential candidate will write a weekly column for the conservative world net daily site. ceo joseph made the announcement yesterday saying santorum will continue to go to bat for conservatives who feel their voices aren't being heard. >> bill: i cannot criticize rick santorum for that job because world net daily also carries my column. >> a far saner column. >> bill: i have no -- no idea why but i'm grateful for the fact that joseph -- they carry my column.
be reached in late january or february. speaking to a business roundtable, president obama responded to that idea this way. >> if congress in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again, as part of a budget negotiation, which by the way we have never done in our history until we did this it last year, i will not play that game. >> john boehner and house republican leadership met with small business owners today to talk about the fiscal cliff, raising tax rates on the richest americans for them is still off the table. >> the revenues on the table are coming from, guess who? the rich. there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes, and have the same people pay more of their money to the federal government without raising tax rates, which we believe will harm our economy. if the president doesn't agree with our proposal and our outline, i think he's got an obligation to send one to the congress. a plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> joining me now is former vermont governor howard dean and
spending cuts on the middle class. from a home in virginia president obama sat with a middle class family he says will be hit hard if congress doesn't extend middle class tax cuts. >> for them to be burden unthis isly because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms. >> republicans are standing behind their counter-offer to close tax loopholes and limit some deductions. they say the president needs to deliver a new plan they can agree on before the january 1 deadline. >>> stocks inched up as investors kept and eye on washington. the dow was up around 40, nasdaq up 16, s&p saw a 5 point increase. >>> the dungeness crab season has hit a snag. local crabbers are refusing to fish for the northern california delicacy after a new price fight with the wholesalers. the cbs 5 reporter anne makovec shows us the solidarity on the docks is being tested. >> strike last year this boat. >> right. >> well, you got go fishing. nobody is making money. >> you got go fishing. >> reporter: tensions are high on pier 45
. >> all right. thank you for that. well, president obama may be in a new battle with congress this time over sandy relief money. he asked to prove $64 billion for the hard hit states like new york and new jersey. most of that money is meant to help the victims. $13 billion will be used to protect against future storms. but a democratic aide tells nbc news they don't expect republicans to hand over the money saying, quote, we're going to have to fight for it. >>> to the saturday weather now, snow is the word in parts of the country, washington state, a foot is expected to fall. a storm blanketing the midwest. nbc meteorologist dylan has the details. >> reporter: good morning, alex. not too many dry spots across the northern half of the country. it's snowy across michigan right now where most of the cold air is located. elsewhere we are seeing freezing rain in central and northern new england. rain moving through massachusetts right now, sprinkling in new york city. some heavier rain in southern ohio. the big story is the winter weather out through montana, through the dakotas and eventua
republicans will reach an agreement but 43% say they won't. meantime, president obama is giving a stern warning to republicans who may be trying to use the debt ceiling as leverage. >> if congress in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation, which by the way we have never done in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game. >> we should say that the president and house speaker john boehner did speak by phone yesterday. that was the first time in a week. no one is saying what the conversation was about. shortly after that call treasury secretary tim geithner went on cnbc and said the white house is ready to go off the cliff. >> if republicans do not agree to that, is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff in. >> absolutely. there's no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest. it's only 2%. >> i want to bring in "usa today" bureau chief and welcome to both of you. where ar
of the debt ceiling from congress. well, that means rather than needing the approval of the house was the senate to raise the nation's spending limit, president barack obama wants to do this all by his lonesome, a blank check. >> if congress in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again, as part of a budget negotiation which, by the way, we've never done in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game. > >> sean: in this country historically it's been up to you, the individual and the government, to create a better life for the next generation. that means your kids, that means your grand kids. well, apparently under this president with all the spending, with all this debt, well, that has changed and maybe republicans should let the president go over the cliff. maybe they should call his bluff. now is the time that republicans should stick up for the next generation and the kids of the next generation. maybe republicans should explain all of this by saying they're looking out for t
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